James Dean

Actor, Busboy
One of the most iconic figures in American cinematic history, James Dean remains forever etched as a brooding, romantic figure, the quintessential 1950s teenager thanks primarily to his roles in "East of Eden" (1955) ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1931 in Marion, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

I Remember Mama 1948 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Jett Rink (Actor)

East of Eden 1955 (Movie)

Cal Trask (Actor)

Rebel Without a Cause 1955 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Fixed Bayonets 1951 (Movie)

GI (Actor)

Sailor Beware (Movie)

In boxing scene (Actor)

Biography

One of the most iconic figures in American cinematic history, James Dean remains forever etched as a brooding, romantic figure, the quintessential 1950s teenager thanks primarily to his roles in "East of Eden" (1955) and "Rebel Without a Cause" (1956). Intelligent and projecting a sexual charisma that appealed to men and women, Dean may be best recalled for his three major movie roles, but behind that small output was a serious-minded, disciplined and trained actor.

Relationships

Pier Angeli Actor

Companion
At one time engaged to be married

Rogers Brackett

Companion
Dean allegedly was "kept" by Brackett

Winton Dean

Father
died February 21, 1995 at age 88

Mildred Dean

Mother
born on September 15, 1910 married Winton Dean on July 29, 1930 died of cancer in April 1940

Liz Sheridan Actor

Companion
revealed she had relationship with Dean in the early 1950s wrote memoir "Dizzy & Jimmy"

Marcus Winslow

Uncle
helped raise Dean after mother's death

Ortense Winslow

Aunt
helped raised Dean after mother's death

EDUCATION

Santa Monica Junior College

Santa Monica , California 1950 - 1951
dropped out to study acting

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1952

studied acting with James Whitmore in 1951

McKinley School

Santa Monica , California 1936 - 1940

Fairmount High School

Fairmount , Indiana 1945 - 1949
began acting in school plays; also played baseball and basketball

Milestones

2001

"James Dean", starring James Franco and directed by Mark Rydell, aired on TNT

1997

Casper Van Dien portrayed Dean in the feature film "James Dean: Race with Destiny"

1996

Honored by US Postal Service with a commemorative stamp

1995

Disney Channel aired the documentary "James Dean: A Portrait"

1988

"Forever James Dean", a documentary screened as part of Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies"

1976

"James Dean", an NBC biopic with Stephen McHattie as the actor, aired

1975

Subject of British made documentary "James Dean, the First American Teenager"

1961

Received posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1957

Profiled in the documentary "The James Dean Story"

1955

Killed when his Porsche Spyder sports car collided with another car; he had received a speeding ticket earlier in the day and a few days before had appeared in a safe-driving commercial for the National Highway Committee (September 30)

1955

Achieved star status in "East of Eden"; earned posthumous Best Actor Oscar nomination

1955

Final TV acting appearance in the "Schlitz Playhouse" presentation of "The Unlighted Road"

1954

Co-starred with Mildred Dunnock in the TV presentation "Padlocks" (an episode of CBS' "Danger")

1954

Starred opposite Natalie Wood and Eddie Albert in the TV production "I'm a Fool"

1954

Final Broadway appearance in "The Immoralist" portraying an Arab boy

1954

Signed contract with Warner Bros. (April)

1954

Portrayed a killer who runs afoul of a country doctor (Ronald Reagan) in "General Electric Theatre: The Dark, Dark Hours"

1953

Appeared in NYC production of "The Scarecrow"

1953

Acted in numerous TV productions including "Kate Smith Hour: Hound of Heaven" (NBC), "You Are There!: The Capture of Jesse James" (CBS), and "Studio One Summer Theatre: Sentence of Death" (CBS)

1952

Delivered first on screen line ("Hey Gramps, I'll have a choc malt, heavy on the choc, plenty of milk, four spoons of malt, two scoops of vanilla ice cream, one mixed and one floating") in "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?"

1952

Appeared on Broadway in "See the Jaguar"

1951

TV acting debut as John the Apostle in "Hill Number One"; aired on April 1

1951

Moved to NYC (September)

1951

Hired to pre-test the stunts for the TV series "Beat the Clock"

1951

Screen debut (as extra) in "Fixed Bayonets"; also appeared as an extra in "Sailor Beware"

1950

Appeared in TV commercial for Pepsi Cola; also featured was Nick Adams

1949

Returned to California following high school graduation

1940

Sent to live with aunt and uncle in Indiana after mother's death

1935

Family moved from Indiana to L.A.

Last films, "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) and "Giant" (1956) released posthumously; garnered second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for the latter

Bonus Trivia

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There is an official Web site at www.jamesdean.com

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